Pat Mire Films Begins Production On New Film
7 September 2009
Production has begun on the next movie project by Pat Mire Films, a documentary written and directed by Pat Mire on the life and music of guitar legend Gerry McGee, a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, about whom Eric Clapton told Rolling Stone in the early 1970’s, “now there’s a guitarist to contend with.” Gerry, a Eunice, Louisiana native, is the son of the great Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee, who recorded with Amédé Ardoin, as well as with Pat’s uncle, Angelas LeJeune, in the 20’s and 30’s. Gerry left Eunice in the late 1950’s to pursue his music career and early on connected with guitarist and Shreveport native James Burton. Over the years, Gerry, who is based primarily in Los Angeles, has played with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Mayhall, Eric Clapton,The Monkees, Delaney & Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Paige, Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, and Barbara Streisand, to name a few. He has also made several solo albums featuring his own songs and vocals and has acted in t.v. and film, including Pat’s narrative feature film “Dirty Rice.” Gerry also scored the music soundtrack to “Dirty Rice.” Gerry has been the lead guitarist for The Ventures for over 27 years. Since 1987, Gerry has toured in Japan with the The Ventures, which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has recognized as the most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history. In fact, in The Beatles’ heyday, The Ventures out-sold them in Japan two to one. While Gerry was in Japan this past summer, Brooklyn-based filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin filmed Gerry at Pat’s direction. Principal photography began in Louisiana in October and will continue into the late spring of 2010. Pat is shooting with the RED One Camera Package from Greg Milneck’s DigitalFX for interviews and music performances and 35mm film for a 20 minute narrative dream sequence in the documentary.